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Suspect in fatal shooting is charged with murder

It's been almost three months since 25-year-old Christopher Tony Velasquez ran to a Salt Lake County home in the middle of the night, knocked on the door, then collapsed and died on the porch from gunshot wounds. Tuesday, the man believed to be responsible for his murder was charged.

Mark Douglas Prideaux, 25, was charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony, in 3rd District Court.

Court documents state on Jan. 13, Prideaux and Velasquez left a birthday party that was thrown for Velasquez. Partygoers followed in two other vehicles.

Velasquez and Prideaux, who was on parole for a felony conviction, began arguing, charges state. At 1505 W. Sunset Ave. (2910 South) they got out of the car and continued to argue.

Prideaux then allegedly shot Velasquez four times.

In the past police have said the two were gang members and had left the party to search for members of a rival gang. Police have also said they argued over Velasquez's girlfriend.

Prideaux is in Utah State Prison. His bail is $1 million and cash only.